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Mindi Abair
399px-Mindi Abair with saxophone
Background information
Birth name Mindi Abair
Born May 23, 1969
Genre Smooth Jazz
Occupation Saxophonist, vocalist, keyboardist, flutis
Instruments vocals, saxophone, keyboard, flute

Mindi Abair (born May 23, 1969) is an American contempory jazz, saxophonist with a strong Top-40 pop music background. Mindi has toured and/or recorded with Duran Duran, Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Josh Groban, Adam Sandler, Keb' Mo', Lalah Hathaway, Lee Ritenour, Teena Marie, John Tesh, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, Peter White and Rick Braun.


Mindi's first album was Always and Never the Same, a pop album which she independently released and in 2003, Abair moved from pop to jazz. She signed to Verve Records and released the album It Just Happens That Way, which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and remained in the Top 10 for 19 consecutive weeks. Billboard magazine named It Just Happens That Way one of the top 10 Contemporary Jazz CDs of the year. Her hit single “Lucy’s,” was #1 on R&R for a record-breaking eight weeks. Her 2004 release Come As You Are peaked at #9 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. Her 2006 release Life Less Ordinary peaked at #2 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and remained in the top 20 for 45 weeks. Her songs “True Blue” and “Bloom” hit #1 on R&R. She signed to Concord Records in 2007, and her latest 2008 release Stars broke the usual genre barriers, with her single “Stars” (written and produced by Matthew Hager charting #29 Adult Contemporary R&R simultaneously with her single “Smile” hitting top ten on the R&R jazz airplay charts.

Abair also plays the flute and keyboard and sings, and she has hosted the nationally syndicated radio program Chill with Mindi Abair since 2007, which focuses on chill out music.

Duran Duran[]

  • Mindi has performed on tour with Duran Duran, including the Grand Slam For Children charity concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas NV (USA) on 1 October 2005.
  • John Taylor contributed on her 2003 album It Just Happens That Way.
  • On Mindi's Myspace page, John Taylor is quoted “Mindi is unique. Listen to her new album ‘Stars’, a genre-busting, breathtaking combination of contemporary jazz and Top 40 torch songs. It will be love at first listen.”


  • Always and Never the Same (1999)
  • It Just Happens That Way (2003)
  • I Can't Wait for Christmas (2004)
  • Come As You Are (2005)
  • Life Less Ordinary (2007)
  • A Peter White Christmas with Mindi Abair and Rick Braun (2007)
  • Stars (2008)